The Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration failed in the fight against insecurity in Nigeria, News About Nigeria reports.
According to him, the previous government, throughout the 8 years in office, did not take the issue of insecurity, especially Boko Haram insurgency in Northern Nigeria seriously.
The Minister further stated that insecurity in Nigeria has lingered for long because of the way Buhari’s administration handled it.
In his words, “The issue of Boko Haram is not new in the North-East and our system, but because of what has transpired in the previous government, the issue was not tackled seriously.”
Matawalle, who said this when he appeared before the Senate Committee on Defence in company with the Minister of Defence, Abubakar Badaru, also said that the Ministry of Defence has gotten new helicopters in order to strengthen its fight against insecurity in the country.
Matawalle, while speaking further on insecurity noted, that as a former Governor of Zamfara state, he also suffered from insecurity in his own region.
The former Zamfara state governor, therefore, stated that it is with such understanding that the ministry is taking consistent actions in their fight against insecurity in Nigeria.
He also stated that the newly acquired helicopters will be strategically used in the operations against criminals, bandits and terrorists causing unrest in Nigeria.
The Minister of State for Defence, therefore, called for support from government at all levels, noting that, the issue of insecurity in Nigeria needs collective attention from states, local and federal governments,